Days Out Hitlist
The best talks, sport and events
Ghost Walk Follow in the footsteps of camp TV spook-chaser Derek Acorah and hunt out the ghost of the Tall Ship's lost soul, William Pedvin. Including the usual gruesome tales of death and disease. Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour, Glasgow, Thu 26 Oct.
Samhuinn Festival (pictured) This mystical parade and neo-pagan ritual celebrates the coming of the Celtic new year. Fire displays, drumming and tribal dance accompany a parade beginning on the castle esplanade, to be followed by an afterparty at the Bongo Club until 3am. Castle Esplanade, Edinburgh, Tue 31 Oct.
Slow Food Beer and Pies Evening No better combination as the nights draw in: enjoy fine beer at Edinburgh's newest ale maker, Stewart Brewing, and chase it down with gourmet pies from the Simple Simon company. Then maybe another beer. Or three. Stewart Brewing, Loanhead, Edinburgh, Fri 20 Oct.
Stop Climate Change Chaos Talks Series Green guru George Monbiot (2 Nov) is the headline name at this festival of talks on the future of the planet. See www.tinyurl.com/hcxw2 for the schedule; topics include ecotourism, carbon rationing and Scotland's weather. Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, Mon 16 Oct-Sun 5 Nov.